You likely credit a standout shade of lipstick or a stunning neutral eyeshadow palette as the MVP of your beauty collection. However, you might be overlooking the real champions of your routine: the products that work behind the scenes to keep your complexion looking its best all day. There are a few products that fall into this category—foundations and moisturizers to name a few—but in this case, we’re talking about setting powder.
Setting powder is arguably one of the most the unsung heroes of the makeup world. These pots and pans of finely milled goodness lock your foundation in place, blur the appearance of pores, control oil and shine, and add a smooth, velvety finish to your face. That being said, the wrong one will have your makeup melting off come noon and leave your complexion looking like Casper the Friendly Ghost.
To make your search for the perfect powder easy, we’ve rounded up the 17 best setting powders that set, blur, and seal your foundation for a flawless finish. Soon, you’ll wonder how you ever survived without them.